Tupperware makes donation to arts-center project

Tupperware Brands has pledged $500,000 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts project — the second big gift the arts center has announced in a week. Last week Marc and Sharon Hagle promised the project $1.5 million, on top of a $1 million gift they made in 2007.

Tupperware also already pledged $1 million toward the center’s construction. Chairman and CEO Rick Goings also challenged other local corporations to step up and make major gifts.

Here’s the official word:

Tupperware Brands Corporation pledges $500,000 gift to Dr Phillips Center

Tupperware Chairman and CEO Issues Challenge to Other Corporations for Support

Rick Goings, chairman and CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation has announced a gift to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts of $500,000, which is in addition to its prior $1 million pledge toward the Center’s stage 1 construction.  Effective immediately, Tupperware Brands will request its board to contribute $200,000 annually, for a total contribution of $1,500,000.  To date, of the total amount the company has already paid $500,000.

According to Dr. Phillips Center Board Chairman Jim Pugh, “We are extremely grateful to Rick Goings and the Tupperware Brands family for this generous gift.   It is both encouraging and reassuring to have such a huge measure of support from the corporate community.”

According to Goings, “We at Tupperware Brands support the vision of the Dr. Phillips Center. We believe this project will help increase Central Florida’s quality of life, which is critical to our workforce and economic development.  He added, “I am confident that this gift will inspire other corporate gifts; therefore, I am issuing a challenge to the local corporate community to join us with their support.”

“From Osceola County, Tupperware has been a major partner in our community,” added Dr. Rita Bornstein, who maintains a position on both the Dr. Phillips Center and Tupperware Brands Corporation boards of directors.  “Their support for this project represents their commitment to ensuring this project is embraced regionally. We are fortunate to have them as partners.”

“This project is conceptualized by vision and realized by leadership and support,” concluded Dr. Phillips Center President Kathy Ramsberger. “We are thankful to Tupperware helping us realize this Center for the entire community.”

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to developing, building and operating the new performing arts center in downtown Orlando. The performing arts center plans to develop a mixed-use urban arts center with three main theaters, educational facilities and a public performance plaza.  The performing arts center will be Central Florida’s destination of choice for arts, cultural and entertainment programming. It will serve our diverse community by educating and nurturing artists, arts organizations, audiences and students throughout the region and the state of Florida. The Dr. Phillips Center is committed to the City of Orlando’s Code for minority/women business enterprise contract and employment participation. For more information, visit www.drphillipscenter.org.

About Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling premium innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.4 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, Nuvo and Swissgarde brands.

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